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Meet Lucy Jodlowska – Spark’s New Director of Partnerships!

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Meet Lucy Jodlowska – Spark’s New Director of Partnerships!

Meet Lucy Jodlowska, Spark's first ever Director of Partnerships. After accepting the position two weeks ago, she hopped on a plane and headed with a Spark team to Central America this past week, and is now back in Chicago and settling into her new...

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04 April
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Never a Dull Flight

I'm now in the British Airways lounge at London Heathrow after two flights that took me from Livingstone to Johannesburg and now to London. I've just got one more flight before I'm home to San Francisco, and I'm looking forward to resting up after a...

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24 January
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  |   zambia   |   1 Comment

Two Fun Stories

It’s been an action packed few days, and we’re now in Livingstone after a short trip to Lusaka to see the farm. I’m excited to share two of the best stories from the past couple days! It turns out you can buy absolutely anything from...

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21 January
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  |   zambia   |   No comment

Goodbyes in Ndola

Today was a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to the staff and students at Hope Ministries in Ndola. Tomorrow morning we'll drive to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, to see the poultry farm that Spark helped to launch in May 2011 and that has...

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19 January
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  |   zambia   |   No comment

Surprises Are the Best Part.

After a rather structured morning that took us around Ndola to see and learn about the effects of colonialism, slavery and HIV/AIDS, Jamie, one of our trip participants, and I were certainly feeling a bit weighed down.I find that it's precisely in these moments when...

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17 January
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  |   zambia   |   No comment

Best Quote So Far

Margaret, who used to be the manager of a major bank, is the deputy director of Hope Ministries. She is also a tall and wonderfully hilarious woman who has consistently had the best one-liners on every single trip I've taken here.Half the time I feel...

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15 January
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  |   zambia   |   No comment

Rowdy Kids, Bright Futures

Although in Zambia education is supposedly free from Grades 1-9, costs for school fees, uniforms, books and supplies add up to the point that many students cannot afford to complete even this level of basic education.To ensure that Hope's Grade 7 graduates (who have performed...

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14 January
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